Ramaphosa's economic revamp at stake as SA votes

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- fin24.com | 5 months ago

President Cyril Ramaphosa's bid to consolidate his grip on power and revive the flagging economy in the aftermath of former president Jacob Zuma's scandal-marred rule faces a critical test in SA's sixth post-apartheid national election.

While opinion polls point to the ruling African National Congress extending its quarter-century monopoly on power in Wednesday's vote, Ramaphosa needs a decisive win to quell opposition in his faction-riven party to push through reforms needed to spur growth in SA. A narrow victory could embolden his critics and may force the party into coalitions to retain control of some provinces, limiting his policy options.

"The margin is extremely important," said Melanie Verwoerd, an independent analyst and former ANC lawmaker.

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